Waiting for Newt
Mike Huckabee started the day in Columbia with a speech before the South Carolina Renewal Project.
Sarah Posner has done some great reporting about various state Renewal Projects, which lately have a habit of holding their Pastors Policy Briefings just before primaries. Huckabee was the only presidential candidate to attend a recent session in Iowa, and the other GOP candidates can’t help wondering how big a role his appearance there, before hundreds of pastors with real get-out-the-vote potential, played in his early victory.
Newt Gingrich was one of the star attractions at the Iowa briefing, and while he wasn’t in Columbia, he is on the schedule for next week’s meeting in Orlando. Huckabee is speaking Monday night and Gingrich is up on Tuesday—and Republican voters in the Sunshine State go to the polls a week later.
Despite their sometimes double-billing, Gingrich hasn’t endorsed a candidate yet. But some on the right see the Republican primary free-for-all as still providing an opening for Gingrich to stake his claim to the top of the ticket. Is he what the voters really want?